The Legend of the Christmas Candle

The Legend of the Christmas Candle

I used to make candles to give away as Christmas gifts.  My children have also made special candles with shells (that they collected on our trips to the east coast) right in the wax for gifts to friends and teachers.  So in the true spirit of the Christmas season, I’d like to share a story that I used to enclose with my candle gifts:

The Legend of the Christmas Candle

Many years ago, a cobbler and his wife lived in a cottage on the edge of a village in Austria.  They had few possessions but whatever they owned, they shared with others.  Symbolic of this generosity and love of mankind was the lighted candle they placed in the window of their cottage.  Over a period of years, war, famine, and destruction fell upon this little village – and yet, through it all, the cobbler and his wife suffered far less than the other villagers.  “Surely there is something special about them; they are always spared from our misfortunes”, said the villagers.  “Let us put a candle in our window and see if that is the mysterious charm”.

Now it happened that the first night that a candle was lighted in the window of every home was Christmas Eve, and before the first rays of the morning sun, a messenger rode into the village to bring the great news – peace had come!  That Christmas Day there was amazement and awe in the hearts of the humble villagers.  And, as they gave thanks for the blessing of peace, they said to one another “Let us always remember to light candles on Christmas Eve.”

And now, many years later, this beautiful custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas, has spread all over the world, sending forth of message of love, hope, and cheer.





1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Rod
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 20:51:32

    That’s a beautiful story that I didn’t know about before. I learn something everyday. Thank you and Merry Xmas!!!


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